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Yoko Ono & Plastic Ono Band Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered


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  • Audio CD (June 3, 1997)
  • Original Release Date: 1970
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Rykodisc
  • ASIN: B0000009RH
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #185,688 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Why
2. Why Not
3. Greenfield Morning I Pushed An Empty Baby Carriage All Over The City
4. AOS
5. Touch Me
6. Paper Shoes
7. Open Your Box
8. Something More Abstract
9. The South Wind

Editorial Reviews

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Universally, Yoko's P.O.B. album was seen as an extreme affront against propriety and possibly civilization! Something so revolutionary should have been applauded by the free-thinking radicals, but they were not as free as they pretended to be. There is a cultural context to Yoko's vocal style on songs like "Why" and "Why Not," that was derived from the operas of Alban Berg as well as from hetai, a style of straining your voice for a Kabuki performance, and just plain anguish. Her use of composing songs through improvisation was picked up from her jazz friends, Ornette Coleman and others. Originally released to almost universal disdain in 1970, critics now declare this album as laying the groundwork for the punk revolution of 1976. David Browne, Entertainment Weekly, has credited Yoko with "launching a hundred or more female alternative rockers, like Kate Pierson of the B-52s to current thrashers like L7 and Courtney Love of Hole."

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AND Ornette Coleman!!!
Jon Levi (lpajlevi@lipa.ac.uk)
My cat is scared of her music though!!....lmao.....my advice to those that do have an open mind, buy anything she's done, it's all good!!
J. R. Beal
It would be the best, if only Yoko would just be quiet for 10 minutes.
R. LeMay

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26 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Donn Hart on March 21, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Yoko Ono's "Plastic Ono Band" was released to coincide with her husband, John Lennon's, album of the same name. The cover art is almost identical (with a few subtle differences), and, believe it or not, so is the musical content.
The trick to listening to any Yoko album is not to approach it expecting pop music. Approach it with an open mind, open ears, and open heart. That said, certainly, John's "P.O.B." is much more accessible than Yoko's, but equally as harrowing. Both are powerful, direct, counterphobic assaults on pain and outrage. Key difference here: Yoko's "P.O.B." contains no actual words. She expresses herself here through wordless howls and largely improvised musical arrangements. Musically, she anticipates punk by almost five years (don't believe me? Check out "Why" and then try to argue your point with me!), and completely burns the barriers of what's allowed and what's not in music.
If you like the typical song structure (verse-chorus-verse-verse-chorus-break-middle-eight-chorus-out) and nothing else, "Yoko Ono/Plastic Ono Band" is not for you, stay far away from this album. But, if you're looking to give your eardrums a break from the formulaic schlock on the radio these days and listen to something truly innovative, get this one. Follow the booklet's advice: play it in the dark.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 20, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Most people will hate this album, after all it features yoko screetching and snorting and soaring over Lennon's hard line guitar and Ringo's solid drumming. mmmm
There are other explorations here with rhythm and voice. Most of the time Ono manages to sound like a synthesiser, and to stretch what people could do with their voices on rock records. Sure not all the album is great - the 16 minute bonus track south wind could have easily been left in her apartment where it was made, and AOS sounds like almost everyother peice of sixties avante guarde. But that still leaves you a lot of passionate noise and rythm.
Anyone who likes experimental rock should have this in their collection.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 17, 2001
Format: Audio CD
This music rocks! It doesn't sound Beatles at all - more like some odd combination of John Lennon's Plastic Ono sound and a noise band.
Listen to the opening track "Why", though...the bass and drums really lay down a groove, the guitar is dissonant, and Yoko's voice is crazy, agressive, and confident. It's like nothing else you'll hear, but it's all done so well. I think it's worth picking up.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 20, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Like Ornette Coleman, John Coltrane's later work or Charles Gayle are labeled "free jazz," this album could be called "free rock." Yoko Ono's previous albums were just noodling with tapes and knobs with John Lennon (some of it excellent, like "Life with the Lions," some of it quite mundane, boring, and as many of her detractors would say, irritating). "Plastic Ono Band," while not as lyrically cathartic as her husbands counterpart, Ono's backup band here (John Lennon, Ringo Starr, Klaus Voorman) and her scream commit 110% to Janov's primal scream therapy. Highlights include "Why" (do you think Thurston Moore listened to this before he formed Sonic Youth?) and "Aos" with Ornette Coleman on trumpet. Warning, this album is not for everybody. For the tame, it might cause yr ears to bleed.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Lozarithm on January 28, 2005
Format: Audio CD
November 9th 1966 was quite an auspicious day for John Lennon, and for the rest of the world in some small way, because when walked into London's Indica Gallery he met Yoko Ono. The lives of both were forever altered by the other, perhaps more so for Lennon as Yoko introduced him to the avant-garde art world from a perspective that was wholly new to him, and a world beyond Beatledom.

Four years later the albums John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band and Yoko Ono/Plastic Ono Band were simultaneously unleashed on Apple, the name of the label inspired by Yoko Ono, each featuring matching photos of John and Yoko under a tree on the front cover and a photograph of them as a child on the reverse. Both albums explore the themes of basics, innocence and childhood. On the John Lennon album, Yoko is credited with "wind".

John Lennon's first solo album after splitting from the Beatles obviously had an inbuilt importance, and probably outsold the Yoko Ono album many thousands of times over, but Yoko's was probably the more innovative and ahead of its time, and still sounds heady, fresh and exciting today.

The album starts with the sound of a tape machine being turned on and the sizzling rhythm section of Klaus Voormann and Ringo Starr begins, abetted by the sounds of John Lennon's screaming guitar in a style far more liberated than on any Beatle record. When Yoko comes in, screaming the title of the song, "Why" (the only discernable fragment of lyric on the whole album), we realize that Lennon's guitar has been cleverly mimicking and anticipating Yoko's vocal, which has an awesome ferocity and intensity, and in that moment she redefines the role of woman in music for generations to come. The following track, appropriately, is Why Not.
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